School Handbook Online Version


School Handbook Online Version
St Bernard’S
Catholic PRIMARY School
Upper Mount Gravatt
1823 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt Q 4122
Ph.: 07 3849 4800
Fax: 07 3349 1436
Absentee line: 07 3343 8162
Email: [email protected]
Mission Statement
History of St Bernard’s School
Commonly sought information
Patrons and special celebrations
Curriculum, Specialist Teaching, ICLT, Teaching Support Staff, Assessment, Reporting, Excursions
Vision for Teaching and Learning
Absences / Sick line
Communication with teachers and office
Early / late arrivals and departures
Fees (Schedule of Fees at back of booklet)
Food at school
Issues – medical or custody
Out of School Care / Vacation Care
Supervision - Before and After school
Student Protection
Uniform shop
Instrumental Music
Netball Club
Touch Football
Clairvaux MacKillop College
Parish links / sacramental program
Dental Services
Car Park and Traffic Flow
School Fees and Levies
Policies list - (Refer to school website for policies already developed)
Outline of Year of Birth
Medical / Health Exclusions
Dear Parents, Carers and Guardians
A most warm welcome is extended to you as you join our local school community and local
Catholic community.
We would like to extend to you, your family and most importantly your child, a welcome to
our place of learning. At St Bernard’s we endeavour to provide a high quality inclusive
education in an atmosphere of Christian caring. Our school culture is based on the Catholic
tradition as well as from the writings of our patron, St Bernard. His teachings, philosophy
and values, along with those of St Mary MacKillop of the Cross, permeate our curriculum
and daily school life.
Our school motto, ‘Your Light Guides’, influences the way we live, love, learn and celebrate
our world today in our educational environment.
Throughout our school the values of Dignified Relationship, Active Believers, People of
Prayer, Stewards of Creation, Heart, Mind and Spirit at Work, Stewards of Creation and
Community, and with Embracing Challenges with Wisdom and Compassion (School Charism)
are promoted. All involved with the school endeavour to support each person as well as
empowering each to shape and enrich our changing world by living the Gospel of Jesus
As it is important for your child to experience a sense of belonging all endeavour to provide
an inclusive Christian environment where all students can feel safe and happy.
Collaborative partnerships between the home and school are highly encouraged. This open
communication supports each student’s learning.
Parents, carers and guardians are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s
education by supporting classroom learning activities, attending Parents and Friends
Association meetings, volunteering and being involved in the many opportunities at the
As we work together to support your child’s learning development we wish you God’s
blessing through the coming years.
This booklet aims to provide you with some information about our school. You can find
more information on our school website . I invite you to
read this information carefully as you support your child in their educational development
and as you join with others to enrich our school community.
Trish McMahon
The School began under the care of the Sisters of St Joseph.
New classrooms were erected next to the convent.
Classrooms near Clairvaux MacKillop College were completed.
St Bernard’s new Lower Primary School (Penola) was blessed and opened.
The old Church was remodelled for Administration, Library & Staff
Room - the original Church/School became the Parish Hall.
The first lay Principal was appointed to St Bernard’s.
Refurbishment of the Parish Hall.
Refurbishment of the school buildings began.
Preschool opened.
New Multi - Purpose Education and Community Centre, named in memory of
Fr. Kevin Aspinall was constructed on the site of convent building.
Father Kevin Aspinall Centre Blessed and Opened.
St Bernard’s Information and Communication Technology Centre opened.
Opening of New A (Kensington) Block – Golden Jubilee Year
Opening of Preparatory Years Classrooms Rooms
Opening of New C (Winella) Block
Opening of A (Kensington) Block Extension
St Bernard’s Catholic school, founded by the Sisters of St Joseph, shares in the
educational mission of the church as part of St Bernard’s Parish
Learning is child-centred, where children are prepared as life-long learners to
meet challenges as compassionate Christian members of our community.
To develop and nurture an environment where children learn about themselves,
their world and God:
 By working in partnership with families, staff and the parish
 By valuing the diversity of all members of our community
 By experiencing and living a Christian life in the Catholic faith.
“Your Light Guides”
By working in partnership with families, staff and the parish community
By valuing the diversity of all members of our community
By experiencing and living a Christian life in the Catholic faith.
“Your Light Guides”
Priests of the Parish
Father Pat Molony
Father Chima Ofor
Ms Patricia McMahon
Assist Prin. Rel. Ed.
Mrs Denise Child
Mrs Michelle Blair – (General)
Mrs Evelyn Norcott – (Financial)
School Office Times
8.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Monday to Friday
Classroom Times
8.40 a.m. – 2.55 p.m.
Telephone & Facsimile
Student Sick Line
Parish Office
Out of School Care
Ph: 3849 4800
3343 8162
3849 7158
3849 7142
Fax: 3349 1436
Fax: 3849 8742
E-Mail Address
Website Address
[email protected]
Convenor – Mr Keith Taylor
Operates Wednesday and Friday
(Orders collated by 9.00 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday)
Uniform Shop
Convenor – Mrs Natalie Huenerberg
8.30 - 10.30am & 3.00 - 3.30pm
8.30 - 10.30am
School Board
Chairperson - Mrs Michelle Stirton
Meetings held fourth Wednesday of each month
P & F Association
President - Mr Jason Roberts
Meetings held second Wednesday of each month in School
Library from 7:15 pm - 9.00 pm.
Outside School Hours Care
Co-ordinator - Mrs Irene Prendergast
School Patron
St Bernard – Feast Day is celebrated on 20 August
Foundress of
Sisters of St Joseph
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop – Feast Day is celebrated on 8 August
St Joseph – Feast Day is celebrated on 19 March
St Bernard’s School Charism
The ethos and Charism of St Bernard’s expresses the Catholic identity, assumptions, beliefs and
values that the school community shares. Through our school Charism we communicate the
distinctive identity of St Bernard’s through our religious values, culture, rituals and practices.
The St Bernard’s Charism is distinct to St Bernard’s School and based on the spiritual lives of the two
saints who have a close connection with the school – St Bernard and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
The elements of the Charism are:
Dignified Relationships
As a Catholic education community we believe that the person is at the heart of Christ’s teaching.
Our desire for dignified relationships is founded on the following beliefs:
 We believe that we are made in the image of God and understand our compassion and
kindness most deeply in our relationships with other people
 St Bernard urged all to use our belief in God to guide and direct us to God’s way of living
 St Mary MacKillop’s dream saw an Australia wanting a respect for the dignity of each person.
She established new ways of living the Gospel which respected the dignity of all
 Our choice of how we act within our relationships is based on our image of God.
Active Believers
We are Active Believers in the teachings of Jesus founded on the following:
 We see God as forever present to others, i.e. we are the face of God to others
 St Bernard believed that our strength is in our Spiritual life and urged us to use our belief in
God to guide and direct us to God’s way of living. St Bernard encouraged us to return to
God’s sacraments and use them as a way of reflection
 St Mary MacKillop encouraged us to ‘Go forward with trust in God acting as a community of
disciples.’ We are encouraged to “Listen to the small quiet voice of God alive in so many
Embrace challenges with wisdom and compassion
 Life is challenging and our role as a lifelong learning community is to teach and help children
develop their own wisdom in a kind-hearted way
 We are inspired in this by St Bernard and St Mary MacKillop in their approach as every
endeavour is made to provide a faith-filled education
 St Bernard believed that everyone has a special gift to share with the wisdom and
providence of God. He shared his gift through his religious studies and writing
 St Mary MacKillop saw education as a way of breaking the cycle of poverty.
Stewards of Creation and Community
 Following our Catholic tradition as active disciples of Jesus we care for our world and each
other with justice and compassion
 St Bernard believed in Corporal Works of Mercy:
o To feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty, to clothe the naked, to house the
homeless, to visit the sick, to fight for those imprisoned, to bury the dead, and
 Spiritual Works of Mercy:
o To educate, to provide advice for those who ask, to show the right way to do things,
to be patient, to forgive, to provide comfort, to pray for the living and those who
have died, to act kindly, compassionately and forgivingly towards others
St Mary MacKillop had a readiness to recognize the urgent needs of the time. She said,
“Seek first the poorest, most neglected parts of God’s vineyard.”
People of Prayer
As people of prayer we are called to the presence of God who is our hope and strength.
Guided by St Bernard and St Mary MacKillop we:
 Long for aloneness with God in prayer far away from the distractions of the world and have
a strong belief in traditional prayer. (St Bernard)
 “Listen attentively to the murmur of God, who is alive in so many ways in so many places, in
our own heart and the heart of the people. (St Mary MacKillop).
Heart, Mind and Spirit at Work
As a community we work to open our heart to all people and to celebrate our range of cultures.
As part of our Catholic heritage we are aware of anticipating the needs of others, to ensure everyone
is included and we all live in peace.
As people of Spirit we continue St Bernard’s devotion to Mary, the Mother of God.
The staff of St Bernard’s are committed to working in partnership with you to offer your child
developmentally appropriate learning experiences set within the context of the gospel vision and
Catholic beliefs and traditions.
The goal of Brisbane Catholic Education is:
As a Catholic Christian community we educate all to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ as successful,
creative and confident, active and informed learners empowered to shape and enrich our world.
This goal aligns to the Melbourne Declaration for Education which has shaped the development of
the Australian Curriculum. As this is a new curriculum nationwide St Bernard’s is in the process of
implementing the key learning areas as they become available. Currently key learning areas of
Maths, English, Science and History have been written, along with a new Religion Curriculum which
Brisbane Catholic Education has written to align with the structure of the Australian Curriculum.
Educating children for the 21st Century has demanded a change in pedagogy which has been
addressed by an Inquiry based approach to teaching and learning. Teachers at St Bernard’s employ
several types of data to inform them as to the learning needs of individual children, and children are
taught to their point of need.
Across the P – 7 years of schooling children are given the practical experience to demonstrate their
learning in a range of sport and physical education experiences, choir, and liturgical celebrations.
Children also have the opportunity to further develop a Christian sense of responsibility through
daily interaction with peers and staff across a range of context and through relevant excursions,
camps and service type activities.
While St Bernard’s is gradually implementing the National Curriculum as each Key Learning Area is
produced Brisbane Catholic Religious Education guidelines are at the forefront.
Specialist teaching
Additional specialist lessons are offered as part of the curriculum. All year levels are involved in
weekly music education, physical education and information technology lessons. Students in Years
Prep to Year 4 have weekly lessons with an Art Education teacher. Students in Years 5 to 7 have
Language Other Than English (Japanese) lessons twice weekly with a specialist teacher learning
about Japanese culture and language. While working within industrial parameters the school offers
these additional specialist lessons as part of the curriculum dependent on enrolment numbers and
yearly staffing allocations.
Information and Communication Learning Technologies (ICLT) are integrated within the curriculum
as seen to be appropriate by classroom teachers. While contemporary learning recognises the
importance of students operating within the global community and being involved in web-based
learning which promotes learning for life, this must be seamlessly integrated within the curriculum.
With the provision of computers and related technologies in the classroom students are supported
in acquiring skills which will extend and enrich their learning.
Substantial financial investment has been made in recent years to creating a technology-rich school
environment. By managing school finances, and with support from Brisbane Catholic Education and
the Parents and Friends Association, students have ready wireless access to the internet for
curriculum work. Each year level has been provided with a bank of 16 laptops with a PC Windows
platform. Classes can borrow additional laptops from other year levels when needed. Access is also
available for classes in the school computer laboratory which houses 30 desktop computers and in
the library which has 10 desktop computers for student use.
Additionally, four (4) banks of ten iPads are used at various times by classes throughout the school.
Each classroom is fitted with an electronic Interactive White Boards (IWB) as well as the library and
computer lab. Each classroom has a Phonic Ear system installed to enhance auditory reception for
students. Each classroom teacher is provided with a laptop for classroom use and support.
Children are expected to sign a Code of Conduct for accessing technology at school. They are
supported in their knowledge of appropriate use of these technologies with regular lessons
focussing on this requirement.
Teaching Support Staff
Dependent on the level of staffing allocated to the school at the beginning of the year due to
enrolment numbers a number of part-time specialist staff are employed across the school.
Currently part-time teaching staff who are employed to support the teaching and learning activities
with students are:
 Teacher/Librarian – four days per week
 Support Teacher (Inclusive Education) – four days per week
 Information Technology Teacher – three days per week
 Literacy Support Teacher – two days per week
 Guidance Officer (teacher) – two days per week
 Art Education Teacher – two days per week
 Music Education Teacher – three part-days per week
 LOTE (Japanese) Teacher – two days per week
 Physical Education Teacher – two and a half days per week.
These staff work with both students and staff in the support of the teaching and learning activities
across the school. Depending on the staffing level allocated to the school some classes may have
some school officer support during the week.
The Curriculum Support Teacher (CST) role is also carried out by the Assistant to the Principal –
Religious Education (APRE). This is a part-time role to support teachers in the knowledge and
delivery of the ever-developing curriculum.
Supporting teachers, students and parents throughout the school is the part-time School Chaplain –
this is not a teaching role. This position is funded by the Federal Government through the National
School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program, Department of Education, Employment and
Workplace Relations.
An important part of planning and teaching a unit of work is to write criteria which will allows
students to demonstrate success for the work being undertaken. These success criteria are shared
with the children as part of their learning and the children are given many and varied opportunities
to demonstrate their learning across the curriculum. These success criteria are used for assessment
of the child’s learning. In the cycle of planning, teaching and assessing, some activities are used as
assessment for learning so that the teacher has a sound picture of where the child stands. Added to
this is assessment as learning which occurs through the learning cycle when the child gains an
understanding of what they know and can do, and uses this to direct their own learning.
In line with statutory requirements and Brisbane Catholic Education policy, reporting procedures are
as follows:
 Parent – Teacher interviews are held at specified times throughout the year
 Parents who have concerns are welcome to make appointments to meet with teachers at
mutually convenient times to discuss their child’s progress
 Teachers who have concern about a child’s progress can make mutually convenient
appointments with parents/carers to discuss concerns and a way forward
 Written reports are provided twice a year.
At times teachers select to support class activities by engaging the services of outside agencies. This
may be by going to a specific location to participate in activities which will enrich the curriculum
focus (excursion) or it may be by having a presenter come into the school for a specific purpose
(incursion). The cost of most of these activities is covered within the school fees.
A School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) program has been developed over a number of
years by the staff with support from outside agencies. This program is implemented across the
school both in classrooms and during play times. A matrix has been developed which supports
positive behaviour and specifically nominates particular positive behaviours which are to be put into
As the school has worked consistently for a number of years to implement and promote a positive
culture regarding behaviour and interactions it has developed the BERNI Rules. These expectations
stand for:
Be Safe
Encouraging Words
Respect All
Nurturing Excellence
Invite and Include
BERNI Achievement Awards are presented at whole school assemblies. BERNI Stars are given to
those students who are noticed for positive actions during outdoor activities.
Behaviour Expectations
Children are made aware of their rights and responsibilities and these, together with our school
expectations, are discussed at regular intervals to encourage children to appreciate their value in our
school community.
Self-discipline is encouraged by giving children responsibility and by discussing with them the
consequences of their actions. When necessary, consequences that are appropriate to the
behaviour and to the child/children involved will be implemented. Consequences for inappropriate
behaviour may be actioned by the class teacher or principal. If inappropriate behaviour persists,
parents will be contacted.
Parents, as part of the school community, are expected to model exemplary Christian behaviour in
word and action to their children. While the school abides by the requirements of the Privacy Act all
adults are expected to fulfil their obligations to these principles.
There are many levels of support structures within the school.
Assisting classroom teachers with teaching and learning activities are: Support Teacher Inclusive
Education (STIE) - part-time, Guidance Officer – part-time, English Second Language Teacher (ESL) –
part-time, Teacher Librarian (T/L) – part-time, Literacy Support Teacher – part-time.
Supporting the whole school are other groups within our community. These groups include:
 Classroom Convenors
 Parents and Friends Association (P & F Assoc)
 School Pastoral Board
 Parish Pastoral Council
 Parish Finance Council
 School Chaplain (funded by the Australian Government)
 Parent Involvement
Class Convenors
Class Convenors are volunteer parents who liaise with their child’s teacher to help provide teacher
support and to build community within the class and year level as well as within the whole St
Bernard’s community. Initially a list of parent contact details for the class is sourced at the beginning
of each school year with ease of contact through a group email list.
A Handbook is distributed at the beginning of each year which details the role and the convenor
group is co-ordinated by the School Chaplain who holds a meeting once a term for convenors and
who keep email contact with all convenors about school matters. Being a Class Convenor is a very
positive experience and much can be gained by volunteering in this manner.
Parents and Friends Association
The St Bernard’s School Parents and Friends Association (P&F) is an integral part of the school and
provides a formal structure for parents and others interested in the welfare of the students to
participate in activities within the School and to work for the benefit of the School.
The P&F Association’s mission is to:
 create a welcoming and friendly environment for families and the community, consistent with a
Christian ethos
 assist in the achievement of the School’s educational goals by offering financial support for the
purchase of resources as requested by the School principal, in consultation with staff and
 offer all school community participants the opportunity to provide input and to actively
volunteer within our community, and
 co-ordinate fund raising activities in order to meet the goals listed above.
The P&F Association runs fundraising and social events, assists with the celebration of key events
throughout the year (e.g. Mothers’/Fathers’ Day, World Teachers’ Day) and organises working bees
for minor capital works. During the school term the P&F meets in the Library at 7.15pm on the 2nd
Wednesday of the month. All are encouraged to participate.
Working Bees
All parents are encouraged to attend Working Bees which are organised by the P & F Association
once per term. At these working bees items of a general nature may be attended to as well as
specific tasks which will improve the outdoor learning environment for the students. Tasks for all
levels of ability are identified. Involvement in these once per term events, which are on either a
Saturday or Sunday morning, is a great way for parents to support their child’s learning and another
way for parents to meet.
Community Business Directory
Parents of the school community are offered the opportunity to publicise their business or place of
employment in an online “St Bernard’s P & F Community Business Directory”. This information is put
forward as an opportunity for current school families to support other St Bernard’s school families
when doing business in the local area.
This development of collegial support among parents goes a long way towards strengthening the
common bonds that parents share through their children and through their association with St
Bernard’s School. Inclusion in the “St Bernard’s P & F Community Business Directory” is completely
voluntary and free. Refer to
Parent Participation Program
As a way of providing opportunities to share their talents and expertise with the community in
support of their child’s education, the Parents and Friends Association has developed a Parent
Participation Program. Each family is asked to contribute in at least one area of school life
throughout the year. Present students are the beneficiaries of previous parental participation, and
the Association seeks to ensure that this legacy continues into the future. Further information is
available at monthly P & F meetings.
School Pastoral Board
A Pastoral School Board was instigated in 2002 to support the Principal in ensuring that the school
functions in accordance with its Vision and Mission statement and Charism document. Meetings are
held once a month. Membership of the Board is in accordance with its constitution with persons
coming from parish, finance, P & F, staff and parent groups. The Parish Priest is an ex-officio
member of the Board. Agreement on issues is by consensus with no voting occurring. The agenda
is set by the Principal and forwarded to members in advance.
Parish Pastoral Council
As the school is a ministry of the parish a report to the Parish Pastoral Council is provided either in
written form or by attendance by the Principal at the monthly meeting. Information regarding
events which have taken place during the preceding month as well as upcoming major events
informs members of the parish regarding school activities. Support by the Pastoral Council further
develops the relationship with the parish.
Parish Finance Council
Each month reports regarding the school’s financial position are provided to members of the Parish
Finance Council. As the Corporation of the Archdiocese is the legal entity of the school the Finance
Council ensures that the school abides by its financial responsibility and that it meets its financial
commitments. Stewardship of school resources is monitored and supported.
School Chaplain
The role of the School Chaplain is a part-time position currently funded by the Australian
Government through the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Scheme, and covers four
(4) key areas:
 Provide assistance to any student as identified by teachers, the School Guidance Counsellor
and/or staff members
 Co-ordinate of the Class Convenor group of volunteer parents
 Facilitate programs, such as Seasons for Growth, as required
 Support the Assistant to the Principal – Religious Education (APRE) as required with the
organisation of special days, such as Harmony Day, Mothers’ Day, ANZAC Day, Fathers’ Day,
and community occasions.
Parent Involvement
The partnership between home and school is a vital one. Parents are able to be involved in the
education of their child/ren in a multitude of ways, such as:
 Praying with their child at home
 Celebrating their faith tradition with their child at their regular place of celebration/worship
 Participating in class / whole school liturgies / assemblies
 Reading to and with their child
 Discussing the positive events of the day with their child
 Helping their child with their home studies
 Becoming involved in the Parents and Friends Association and / or School Pastoral Board
 Participating in Working Bees
 Assisting at the tuckshop
 Participating in parent information evenings
 Attending parent/teacher meetings
 Assisting in the classroom / supporting class excursions / helping with swimming/sport
 Participating in any consultation processes.
Many opportunities exist for parents to volunteer across the school. Teachers sometimes
require assistance with classroom activities, such as, reading helpers, assisting students with
swimming activities, supporting activities on excursions when requested, in addition to being on
the tuckshop roster, covering books in the library, providing food for class morning teas,
attending Working Bees, attending P & F meetings, Under 8’s Day activities, Biggest Morning Tea
gathering, Spring Fair, Chocolate Drive sorting, fundraising and social events, student discos,
counting student banking as well as many other incidental opportunities.
Parents need to be aware of the Student Protection Policies and Procedures in place across the
school. Prior to volunteering parents need to have read this information, sign that they have
read this information provided, and act in accordance with the requirements. This information
booklet is available from the school office. Two copies of this document are provided to
parents, with parents returning one signed and dated copy.
Supervision is provided from 8.20 a.m. until 3.15 p.m.
(Out of School Hours Care is available before and after these times.)
School commences at 8.40 a.m. and finishes at 2.55 p.m.
The day consists of
1st Session
2nd Session
3rd Session
8.40 a.m.
1.45 p.m.
10.40 a.m.
1.15 p.m.
2.55 p.m.
Supervision is provided for 10 minutes of eating before play and during play time.
During the year there are some regular events each term. These may include:
Term 1 - ‘Tea and Tissues’ morning tea, Opening School Mass, Parent/Teacher evening,
Parent/Teacher interviews, upper school swimming carnival, Year 7 Leadership ceremony,
Cross Country carnival
Term 2 – ANZAC Day prayer celebration, Mothers’ Day Prayer and Gathering, Cross-country race,
Term 3 – Athletics carnival, School Patron Feast Day, Fathers’ Day Prayer and Gathering
Term 4 – Lower school swimming carnival, Year 7 Liturgy of Blessing, Christmas Gathering,
End of Year Mass
Term 1:
Wednesday 29 January - Friday 4 April
Term 2:
Monday 21 April – Friday 27 June
Term 3:
Monday 14 July - Friday 19 September
Term 4:
Tuesday 7 October - Friday 5 December
Professional Development
and Planning Days
3 days in January vacation
3 days in April vacation
Monday 20 October (Pupil-Free Day)
Other important dates will be advised as they become available e.g. Assemblies, class and whole
school liturgies, excursions, Choir and Band Performances, Book Week, Catholic Education Week,
NAIDOC Week, etc.
Absences / Sick Line
When a child will be absent from school due to sickness parents are able to leave a message at any
time on the Absentee/Sick Line, Ph: 3343 8162.
If a child is absent for more than one day and the school is not informed contact will be made.
A courtesy note to the class teacher is both expected and appreciated upon the child’s return to
Students assemble each morning in the undercover area. They are permitted to play safely before
school under the supervision of a teacher from 8.20 a.m. After the school bell has rung students sit
in their class area where they will be collected by their teacher and taken to class. (On Monday
morning there is a brief message time with all joining in the School Prayer to commence the week).
On most Wednesday mornings a whole school assembly takes place in the Aspinall Centre. This
assembly commences with prayer by a nominated class.
Effective home and school communication supports a child’s learning. All administration and
teaching staff are willing to meet with parents at a mutually convenient time to discuss a child’s
progress or any issue. Classroom related matters need to be referred to the class teacher in the first
instance. If this first step is not followed an issue will be referred back to the class teacher. Whole
school matters are referred to the Principal or Assistant to the Principal–Religious Education (APRE).
Early / late arrival and departures
Students arriving after school has commenced for the day at 8.40 a.m. or leaving before school
finishes for the day at 2.55 p.m. must be signed in or out (as applicable) at the school office by an
accompanying adult. Students who arrive late will be given a ‘Late Slip’ to be passed to their teacher
after being signed in. Parents collecting students before the cessation of school need to meet their
child/ren at the school office (not the classroom).
School fees are charged to cover the running costs of the school. While the school does receive
financial assistance from the State and Federal Governments the monies received only partly covers
teacher salaries and some other funded programs. This results in fees needing to be charged to
ensure the smooth operation of the school and to resource the teaching and learning activities.
School fees also cover every-day running costs for services, such as, insurance, rates, electricity,
water and cleaning services. Each year there is a slight increase in fees to take into account
increased charges to the school.
Partial assistance may be offered to families who demonstrate genuine hardship in meeting basic
living needs. No concession is offered for discretionary household spending.
Failure to meet the financial commitment to the school by parents will result in outside agencies
being contacted for the collection of outstanding school fees after all avenues for collection have
been tried.
Fees are charged on a monthly basis (10 invoices per year) with invoices being forwarded by either
email or post. Direct debit and credit card payments are preferred with other options available.
All invoicing is carried out by the school’s Financial Secretary.
A schedule of fees for the year can be found at the back of this booklet.
Food at school
Healthy eating habits for students are encouraged at school. ‘Nude Food Practices’ are encouraged
whereby food sent to school with students comes in minimal packaging. Re-useable containers for
food are encouraged. This practice supports the sustainability efforts of the school.
For those who wish to purchase food at school the Tuckshop operates on each Wednesday and
Friday with orders submitted by 9.00 a.m. of the preceding day.
A “no sharing of food” among the students with their lunches is emphasised due to some students
suffering from food allergies, either to a minor or life-threatening degree. Food containing nut
products is highly discouraged. Some dairy, wheat, egg or citrus products will also cause major
reactions for some students. Extra care needs to be exercised when providing food for special
morning teas or birthday treats.
Issues of medical and / or custody concern
For those students who have medical issues parents need to voluntarily inform the school regarding
these matters as soon as the condition is known. A management plan needs to be provided by the
student’s medical practitioner. (A list of medical exclusions and time away from school is provided
at the end of this booklet.)
In relation to legal and/or custody issues, parents need to voluntarily provide legally verified copies
of these documents to the school. While parenting documents from the Family Law Court relate to
the applicant and the respondent the school remains as a neutral party. As the school is not listed as
either applicant or respondent it is not legally bound by Orders of these documents though it
endeavours to implement some points where practicable as a sign of its neutrality.
Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) / Vacation Care
A Parish-based service operates Before School from 7.00 a.m. until 8.20 a.m. from Monday to Friday
in a facility beside the Fr Kevin Aspinall Centre.
After School Hours Care operates from 3.00 p.m. until 6.00 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
Registration with this parish-based facility can be made with the OSHC Co-ordinator, Ph: 3849 7142.
A Vacation Care program operates during most school holiday periods for students in Years Prep to 7
from the same facility. Times of operation are from 7.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m.
Fees are charged for these services with some rebates possibly available to some families. Dialogue
regarding this matter needs to occur with the OSHC office staff.
Supervision – before and after school
Supervision of students occurs before school from 8.20 a.m. until 8.40 a.m. with two (2) teachers on
duty. Students in Years 4 to 7 are able to play in the park, with all students able to be in the
undercover area.
After school two staff members are on duty from 2.55 p.m. until 3.15 p.m. Students are expected to
wait at the pick-up area if they are being collected from there. During this time students are not
permitted to play as a safety measure.
Students who are at school outside of teacher supervision times should be booked into Out of
School Hours Care for their safety and protection.
Student Protection
St Bernard’s School implements all mandatory Student Protection requirements and regulations.
Staff regularly participate in professional development inservices related to these matters.
Volunteers are required to read the material in the ‘Student Protection – Handbook for Volunteers’,
sign that they have read the material, and abide by the requirements of the document.
Mandatory reporting procedures are followed as required by statutory authorities.
Swimming lessons are an integral and compulsory component of the school’s Physical Education
program. All children are expected to participate in these lessons. A medical certificate must be
provided for any students unable to participate. Due to availability to either the Upper Mt Gravatt
State School (for students in Yrs 1 – 7) or Citipointe Christian College (Prep students) lessons are on
one day per week for 6 weeks in Terms 1 and 4 only.
A one-piece swimming costume is required to be worn by girls. A swimming cap is compulsory for all
students along with the wearing of a sun-protecting rash-shirt.
The school operates a Tuckshop facility on Wednesday and Friday of each week. Orders need to be
placed electronically by 9.00 a.m. of the preceding day via the School24 online service
( Those parents wishing to utilise this facility place an amount of money in a
holding account. With each order the amount is debited from this account and can be topped up at
any time.
Orders can be placed days and weeks in advance. Having orders placed in advance allows for the
streamlining of food procurement and preparation. Hot foods are served at first break with
sandwiches also available at second break. Snack items are served over the counter at second
break. For further information contact can be made with the Tuckshop Convenor.
Uniform Shop
The Uniform Shop is run by the Parents and Friends Association, and supplies all of your child’s
uniform needs (shoes being the exception). It is open three (3) times during the school term week.
Current hours are:
8.30 - 10.30am & 3.00 - 3.30pm
8.30 - 10.30am
A price list / order form is also able to be left at the office outside of these hours and the order will
be sent home with your child at the earliest possible convenience. Orders are also able to be
phoned through when the shop is open. Again, the items will be sent home with your child that
afternoon when the shop is open. Second-hand uniforms are also available at a nominal cost.
Uniform requirements for Prep students are:
Sports shirt and short, school socks, black leather sports shoes, school hat, school bag, library bag.
For students in Years 1 to 7 there is the addition of the formal, checked day uniform items.
All children are offered, at different stages of their education, the opportunity to be involved in the
School Choir, School Instrumental Band Program (carried out during school hours), and after school
sports, such as Netball and Touch Football (seasonal competitions).
Under the guidance of the Music Education teacher, Mrs Danuta Cleland, the school has two (2)
choirs – Junior and Senior. Choir practice times are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings
before school. Throughout the year these students support the singing at liturgical celebrations and
at specific prayer times. Also, during the year, choir groups may participate in Festivals and
Eisteddfods, as well as singing for the Seniors group in the parish. They may also be invited to join in
other community celebrations.
Instrumental Music
An extra-curricular opportunity is available to students from Year 3 and above who wish to learn
either a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. A private music teacher, Mr Donald Smith, has
been involved with the school for many years and teachers students from this school each Tuesday.
Students attend a small group lesson according to their instrument and ability level.
Senior Band practice takes place before school with Junior Band practice after school. Some
performances occur throughout the year whereby the students showcase their development.
Though this is a private arrangement with Mr Smith invoicing is done via the School Fee invoice.
It is required that full school fees are paid before parents make a decision regarding their child’s
involvement in this extra-curricular activity.
Netball Club
St Bernard’s Netball Club has been running since about 1990 and, along the way, has provided fun
and convenience for girls to be able to play with their school friends in team sport. Many of the
players are from the school but players from surrounding schools are encouraged to join the club.
Players are aged from 7 to 17 years and family participation in all of their activities is encouraged.
Games are played on Saturdays at Macgregor Netball Courts, Granadilla Street, Macgregor. Fees are
kept to a minimum to make this a fun, affordable sport.
New players are welcome to the club as it offers training, friendship and a sense of belonging.
Further enquiries can be made by emailing: [email protected]
Touch Football
Touch Football is the one of many extra-curricular activities offered at St Bernard’s. Promoting fun,
fitness and teamwork, Touch Football boasts one of the highest levels of sport participation at the
school for both girls and boy.
Touch Football is also taught as part of the Physical Education program and students are able to
practise and develop their skills while representing their school in a variety of competitions with the
support of qualified coaches and volunteer parents. This season runs during Term 3 and involves
training one afternoon after school.
Clairvaux MacKillop College
Adjacent to St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School is the Brisbane Catholic Education Archdiocesan
Secondary College of Clairvaux MacKillop College. This co-educational Catholic College provides a
quality, inclusive education for high school students. While currently the College is from Years 8 to
12, in 2015 it will be a Year 7 to Year 12 facility. A majority of students from St Bernard’s move on to
Clairvaux MacKillop College for high school. Contact can be made by phoning the Enrolments Officer
on Ph. 3349 8977.
Parish Links / Sacramental Program
As St Bernard’s School is a ministry of the Upper Mt Gravatt – Wishart parish every endeavour is
made to involve the students in the life of the parish. Regular contact is made with the parish office
with contact made with either priest of the parish, the parish manager or the pastoral associate.
As preparation for children to receive the sacraments for the first time is carried out through the
parish contact for these celebrations needs to be made through the parish office (Ph: 3849 7158).
Much information can be gained by reading the weekly parish newsletter.
Dental Services
Free dental services are available for children aged 4 years through to those in Year 10 from Metro
South Oral Health Service, Queensland Department of Health. Parents will also be advised when the
mobile clinic will be at the school.
For emergencies and other problems please phone the Yeronga Clinic on 1300 658 549.
The uniforms are described as follows and are available to buy both new and second-hand only
through the School Uniform Shop (shoes being the exception).
Broad brimmed bottle green hat with school logo – hat MUST be worn when outside
(St Bernard’s Knitted Beanie is an option for inside classrooms in winter)
Check shirt
Bottle green shorts
School socks
Black Leather shoes, or Black leather joggers (lace-ups or velcro) [Volleys, buckle slip-on
shoes, etc., are not part of the uniform]
Bottle green micro fibre track suit with white stripe
Broad brimmed bottle green hat with school logo – hat MUST be worn when outside
(St Bernard’s Knitted Beanie is an option for inside classrooms in winter)
Check blouse
Bottle green culottes
School socks
Black Leather shoes, or Black leather joggers (lace-ups or velcro) [Volleys, Mary Janes,
buckle slip-ons, t-bar shoes, etc., are not part of the uniform]
Bottle green micro fibre track suit with white stripe.
Broad brimmed bottle green hat with school logo – hat MUST be worn when outside
(St Bernard’s Knitted Beanie is an option for inside classrooms in winter)
Check dress - action back same collar as blouse, half sleeve
School socks / Green or Flesh coloured tights for winter
Black Leather shoes, or Black leather joggers (lace-ups or multi velcro) [Volleys, Mary Janes,
buckle slip-ons, t-bar shoes, etc., are not part of the uniform]
Bottle green micro fibre track suit jacket with white stripe
Broad brimmed bottle green hat with school logo
Polo shirt
Green unisex micro fibre shorts with school logo (OR [girls] Green netball skirt)
Green ‘sports pants’ (Must be worn under girl’s netball skirt)
School socks
Black sport joggers
Bottle green micro fibre track suit with white stripe
In accordance with the school’s SunSmart Policy, and to promote life-long health and safety
practices, the wearing of a school hat for all outdoor activities throughout the year is compulsory. If
a child does not have their school hat they will not be playing during break times. This practice also
extends to outdoor activities including P.E. lessons.
School Bag
Student’s school bag is available for purchase from the Uniform Shop.
These practices promote the convenience and safety of all.
Speed limit in the school grounds is 5 km per hr.
Parents (entry only via Klumpp Road) dropping off children or collecting them in the
afternoon must proceed along the designated driveway. Cars are not to be parked or left in
the designated driveway.
Children being collected by vehicle are required to wait in the pick-up zone near the library
- The pick-up and drop-off zone is marked on the driveway beside the library. Children are
not permitted to leave or enter cars until the vehicle has entered and stopped in this pick-up
zone. It is a requirement of pick-up zone use that children are able to do up their own
seatbelt as parents are not to leave the driver’s seat.
Parents who wish to park their vehicle for a visit to the school must use the designated
parking area.
Parents who park cars when picking up children are required to leave the car, walk to the
waiting area and accompany children to the car. Children are not permitted to walk to
parked cars unless accompanied by an adult. Use of the pedestrian walkway is expected.
Exit from the school property is via the southern driveway closest to the Council park on
Logan Road or via the driveway between the church and the presbytery onto Klumpp Road.
Children who walk home must use the pedestrian areas and for safety reasons are not
permitted to use the exit roadway around the Church.
Parking and “U” turns are not permitted in the access of the roadways at the entries to the
Church and Clairvaux MacKillop College.
Those attending weekly morning Masses are requested to utilize the designated parking
In the case of congested traffic situations every effort will be made to assist with parking and
traffic flow.
The co - operation of parents/adults with those directing traffic flow is both appreciated and
Vehicle Access/
AFL Fields
Pedestrian Access
Klumpp Road
Pedestrian access
to Klumpp Road
Fr. Kevin
Pick Up Area
C Block
Upper Level classroom
Upper A Classrooms
Tuck Uniform
Shop Shop WC
Brisbane City Council Park
To and From Logan Road via Council Park to side gate
Current School Fees are listed below.
In accepting an offer of an enrolment place parents make a commitment to pay the school fees and
levies as set. Payments need to be made by the due date. Being mindful of ever-increasing costs all
attempts are made to keep yearly rises in fees and levies as close to the CPI increase as possible. If
outside agencies are needed to be employed in the collection of outstanding school fees the
associated costs will be added to the outstanding amount and will be passed on to parents.
School Fees 2014
One Child
2 Children
3 Children
4 Children
(Excursions, Resources & P.E.)
P & F Levy
IT Levy
Building Levy
(per year)
Extra Charges
Student Diary
Yr 5, 6, 7
Yrs. 3,5,6,7
School Magazine
School Magazine
School Camp
Footstep Dance
Yr 4
Yr7 & Yr6 (for 2014 only)
All Year levels
Payment of Accounts
Fees are billed 10 times per year. Payment is due by the date shown on the account. Invoices are
forwarded electronically to the nominated email address. For those families with no internet access
invoices are posted to the home address.
 Payments can be made weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
 Payments can be made by Direct Debit, B Pay, Cheque, Cash or Credit Card.
When making payment by cash please place in an envelope marked SCHOOL TUITION & LEVIES with
FAMILY NAME (with the Christian name only of the child/ren).
Families who are experiencing genuine financial hardship regarding fee payments are asked to
contact the Principal, Ms Trish McMahon, to discuss the matter ... Ph. 07 3849 4800.
Please refer to the school website for existing policies:
Behaviour Support
School Uniform and Personal Appearance
Fees and Levies
Children need to be five (5) years of age by 30 June in the year they start in the
preparatory class.
Child born 1 July 2005
to 30 June 2006
Yr 3
Child born 1 July 2006
to 30 June 2007
Yr 2
Child born 1 July 2007
to 30 June 2008
Yr 1
Child born 1 July 2008
to 30 June 2009
Child born 1 July 2009
to 30 June 2010
Child born 1 July 2010
to 30 June 2011
Child born 1 July 2011
to 30 June 2012
Child born 1 July 2012
to 30 June 2013
Loving God
You are always with us.
Help us to know you and to feel your love in our lives.
Lead us to have a love of learning like St Bernard.
Guide us to love others like St Mary MacKillop
and ‘never see a need without doing something about it’.
May we find you in many people and places
and may you always be a part of our lives.
We ask this through Jesus our teacher.